In 2011, when “Sleep No More” opened to critical acclaim, crowds started to form each night for the show. Keep in mind that this was before the middle section of the Highline opened to pedestrian traffic, so foot traffic was generally light in the area. For theater goers, options were limited before and after the show.
The street was still undergoing rehab, transitioning from Club Row to a more multifaceted destination. Later that year The Americano opened a few doors away to offer a bar and restaurant. Then soon after it became obvious that Sleep No More was going to be here for the long term, the folks at the imaginary McKittrick Hotel built their own restaurant Gallow Green on the rooftop.
For non-theater goers, Gallow Green is a tiny taste of what the full immersive theater experience is about. From the entrance (which is at the Western edge of McKittrick), you’re ushered into a windowless black elevator with an operator that stands there silently. Draw eye contact if you dare, you’ll be greeted with a blank stare. Once the elevator stops (and it’s painfully slow), you’ll walk through part of the McKittrick hotel before ascending some stairs into Gallow Green.
Designed like a rail station, at Gallow Green the staff in somewhat period wear to match the theater, but without the theatrical pretense. The surrounding gardens is meticulously landscaped to resemble a real country side train station. Walk up to the bar and you’ll find yourself surrounded by bees, quite a sight in the heart of New York City.
On weekends, this rooftop experience is quite like the theater: unreal. You’re amazed by how tranquil a proper rooftop garden can be. The cocktails are the real stars here, each carefully crafted by mixologists to suit your preference in taste and spirit.
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The McKittrick Hotel
542 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001